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Artemis I: NASA's most recent mission to make it to the moon

While this rocket, called SLS, will not be launched out of Rocket City - many efforts have been made here to make this mission a reality.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA has its sights on the moon and Rocket City has played a major role in making this journey to the moon a reality! 

This rocket is called the SLS, which is short for the Space Launch System. It is the most powerful rocket ever and stands taller than the statue of liberty! The mission is called Artemis I and may launch as soon as late December.

Manager of SLS Systems Engineering & Integration, David Beaman says that this rocket doesn't belong to anyone specifically but more so to the community as a whole.

"We in the City of Huntsville, Madison County, North Alabama ought to be proud. We own this rocket, we're the ones developing it, in partnership with industry and the rest of the country. I think it's important from a national aspect it's been a long time since we did something this complex is detailed and this is demonstrating technical superiority," said Beaman.

Now that the city is in countdown mode - it's time to celebrate! Here's how:

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Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail + Artemis Beer releases: 

In celebration of the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for Artemis I and the contributions of Huntsville’s own NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in building the world’s most powerful rocket, the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail will be creating Artemis themed brews throughout the Fall of 2021 leading up to the launch.

The beers will be announced on the Craft Beer Trail and Downtown Huntsville Inc. social media channels in advance of their debut week. What better way to celebrate these phenomenal accomplishments than with a toast to the future!

  • September 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022
  • Recurring monthly on the first day of the month

Friday Night ARTemis Walk: 

The monthly art walk takes on a space theme as Huntsville celebrates the Artemis Launch!  Come walk around historic Downtown Huntsville, check out art and artisan goods from over 30 local vendors, and enjoy a beautiful evening, an open entertainment district, and world-class people and puppy watching!

  • October 8, 2021
  • Location: 100 Northside Square, Huntsville, AL
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: No admission charged

Space Camp Alumnifest: 

This annual three-day celebration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is meant to bring together the community of Camp alumni and their families from all over the world. This event allows them to reconnect with friends and applaud the accomplishments of fellow alumni. Join your fellow alumni for a hybrid virtual and in-person event for 2021!

Events running online throughout the weekend, with opportunities for activities at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on October 8th and 9th, 2021.

RSVP & join the AlumniFest email list:

  • October 8, 2021 - October 9, 2021
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
  • Time: Check website for event times
  • Price: Admission Charged

For more information about these celebrations, click here.

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